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News Flash

March 2016

Calling for Government action to reduce Australia’s preventable stillbirth figures

Findings from the recent study of stillbirths in high-income countries, led by Mater Research Institute - UQ and published in The Lancet, have prompted Stillbirth Foundation Australia to petition Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take action to reduce Australia's preventable stillbirths.

>>Read more and sign the petition.

March 2016

Stillbirth prevention highlighted on Channel Ten's The Project

Claire and Brad Foord share their experiences of losing their daughter Alfie, and Associate Professors Vicki Flenady and Fran Boyle discuss the recent Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths.

>>Watch here

Mater Research UQ has proposed a national research and implementation program to reduce stillbirth and improve care in Australia, with Stillbirth Foundation Australia and many others. Stay tuned.

Thank you to The Project for helping to raise awareness of stillbirth and need need for more research and action.

March 2016

Dr Glenn Gardener prepares for China Trek

Dr Glenn Gardener is committed to reducing stillbirths - a tragedy that affects 7 women every day across Australia and New Zealand. Please support Glenn to raise funds for much needed stillbirth research.

Show your support by donating to Glenn's everydayhero campaign.

March 2016

International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival 2016

Please join us in Montevideo for the 2016 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival.

This conference promises to be a great event in a continent that ISA has never held a conference before. See the ISA website here for more information about the conference and submission of abstracts.

March 2016

PSANZ conference 2016 - Goin' Troppo!

Join us in Townsville for the 2016 Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand conference, 22-25 May 2016.

The conference theme will be 'Progress through partnerships'. This promises to be an exciting and worthwhile event.

Visit the conference website here for more information and to register.

January 2016

The Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths

The Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths is now available. Visit the Lancet website for all series papers, comments, and the executive summary.

Visit the ISA website for a lay summary of the series, as well as translations of the lay summary, executive summary, and more. 

August 2015

Now available

Bubba's Movements and What They Mean - brochure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

The ANZSA brochure 'Pregnancy - Your Baby's Movements and What They Mean' has been adapted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Visit the Resources for Parents section for more.


May 2015

ISA Annual Conference - Vancouver, Canada October 2015

The 2015 ISA Conference will this year be hosted by Still Life Canada and will take place shortly before the FIGO World Congress, also taking place in Vancouver. Registration is now open for families, care providers and researchers at the conference website link.

April 2015

Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health (GS2.0)

Individuals and organisations were recently invited to submit feedback on draft documents for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health 2.0.

Read more and see ISA's response here

December 2014

FIGO World Congress - Vancouver, Canada October 2015

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics World Congress will be held in Vancouver from 4-9 October, 2015. Join FIGO to promote the well-being of women and to raise the standards of practice in obstetrics and gynecology

Find out more here.

November 2014

Stillbirth action - Parents, care providers and others - we need to hear from you

In preparation for The Lancet's follow-on series on Stillbirths, the ISA and Mater-Research Institute - UQ has developed three online surveys to find out what needs to happen to reduce stillbirths and to improve care for bereaved families. More information is at the survey links below.

Please click on the link relevant to you.

October 2014

2014 International Conference on stillbirth, SIDS and baby survival - Full abstracts available

The 2014 ISA and ISPID conference was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 18-21 September 2014. The conference was a great success and showcased many inspiring presentations.

To download the conference book including all abstracts click here.

September 2014

BJOG release: Stillbirth gap closing between indigenous and non-indigenous women, shows Australian study

New research has suggested that the gap in stillbirth rates between indigenous and non-indigenous women in Queensland, Australia, is closing, but that indigenous women are still at risk of stillbirth due to preventable causes. PhD student Ibinabo Ibiebele and colleagues conducted the study at the Mater Research Institute and the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. The study was published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

Click here for more.

June 2014

PMMRC New Zealand 8th Annual Report released

The Perinatal Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) of New Zealand has released its 8th Annual Report. The PMMRC is responsible for reviewing maternal deaths and all deaths of babies from 20 weeks gestation up to 28 days after birth, or weighing at least 400g if gestation is unknown. It advises the Health Quality & Safety Commission of New Zealand on how to reduce these deaths.

Click here to access.


February 2014

My Baby's Movements App Presented on ABC radio's 'Babytalk'

Listen to Vicki Flenady and Glenn Gardener discuss the My Baby's Movements App and upcoming clinical trial on ABC radio's Babytalk with Penny Johnston. Interview podcast available on the Stillbirth in the News page.


December 2013

Now available - Translated Brochures on Decreased Fetal Movements

The ANZSA brochure 'Pregnancy - Your Baby's Movements and What They Mean' has been updated and now includes translations into seven languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese), Hindi, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Visit the Resources for Parents section for more.


December 2013

Stillbirth in the News - A Blood Test for Stillbirth Prevention

Researchers from Mercy Health are developing a blood test that could help to detect unborn babies at risk of stillbirth. The blood test works by measuring markers in the mother's blood that suggest oxygen deprivation in the baby.

See various articles on this story at our Media Centre.


November 2013

IMPROVE Goes International - Vietnam

The IMPROVE Course (Improving Perinatal Mortality Review & Outcomes Via Education), a SCORPIO style educational workshop with 6 interactive stations based on uptake of the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Guidelines, went International in October, being taught in Hanoi, Vietnam at the International Stillbirth Alliance Meeting. The course has been developed and continually updated with the involvement of a large group of dedicated health professionals including members of the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Special Interest Group, Australian New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance, SIDS and Kids to name a few, and is approved by a number of Colleges including RANZCOG. The aim of teaching the course in Vietnam was to determine whether it can be modified to assist developing countries in reducing perinatal mortality, one of the WHO millennium development goals. The course was a great success and the local staff was very positive about the potential for modification for developing countries. We look forward to working further with the team in Vietnam as well as presenting IMPROVE at the International Stillbirth Alliance meeting in Amsterdam in 2014.

See the brief and photos HERE.

July 2013

Gold Coast Marathon

A message from Heidi Mules, Gold Coast Marathon Fundraiser 

"On 7th July 2013, the day of the Gold Coast Marathon, our daughter Sophie would have been 19 months old. Unfortunately she was stillborn at 41 weeks in 2011. Her death was the result of what is medically termed an 'accidental placenta abruption', meaning there was no known cause, nor was there any way to predict it was going to occur.
To commemorate her life, Ned and I will be participating in the Gold Coast marathon to fund raise for the Australian and New Zealand Still Birth Alliance (ANZSA). We hope that with further funding and research, associations such as this will be one step closer to determining the 'why' that constantly haunts us, and 'how to prevent this happening again'.

I will be almost 8 months pregnant on this date, so will graciously be participating in the 5.7km walk, and Ned will be running the 10km challenge.

Please give as generously as you are able to. It will mean a lot to Ned, myself, and other families who have been through a similar tragedy."

Sophie Mule's Memorial Fundraising Page:

If you or anyone you know would like to fund-raise on behalf of ANZSA, search for the Australia and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance on  or find our page here.

Please also read about her story here:

"Beyond the Numbers - Maternal Deaths and Neonatal Mortality" Workshop

Please view presentations here.

Bringing stillbirth out of the shadows for all women having a baby in Australia

Friday, 14 September 2012

A recent editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia asks the question "Can Australia rise to the challenge of reducing the rate of avoidable stillbirths?".

Med J Aust 2012; 197 (5): 256-257.

The Lancet's Stillbirth Series Report 2400 Stillbirths Each Year in ANZ

The Lancet Medical Journal published the Lancet's Stillbirth Series yesterday Thursday 14th April 2011 with the aim of highlighting this important global health issue.   Simultaneous launches were held in London, New York, and Hobart in partnership with the Lancet, the International Stillbirth Alliance and its member organisations, World Health Organisation, Save the Children, UNCIEF and UNFPA.  Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this series aims to prioritize stillbirth in the context of maternal, child and newborn survival with the overall goal of bringing together epidemiology, evidence for interventions, costing estimates and policy analysis to guide decision making and promote action with measurable change by 2020.   To access the six papers, two articles and eight comments please visit here.

There are over 2.6 million stillbirths worldwide every year, with 98% of the burden in high and middle income countries.  In ANZ there are 2400 families who lose their precious baby to this global health problem.  Four ANZ experts spoke to the media yesterday providing information on numbers, causes, interventions, disparities and the enormous impact this has on families. To listen to this media briefing, and read our ANZ Fact Sheet please visit the Australian and New Zealand Science Media Centre.

For further information about the Lancet's Stillbirth Series please visit here